Twitter users will be pleased to hear that the world’s most popular microblogging service has finally started rolling out the option to download all past updates made via the service. The option to download an archive has started to appear at the bottom of the Settings page for select accounts on Twitter’s main website. Don’t be surprised if you can’t see the option yet, as the service is only available to a small pool of users initially with more to be added as the roll-out expands.
Facebook famously made a similar move over two years ago when they introduced the Data Downloader, and Twitter’s version works in much the same manner, minus the photos and other media that comes with owning a Facebook account.
Once requested, Twitter takes some time to prepare the downloadable archive and notifies users via email when the download is ready. The archive is a single HTML file containing every single Tweet ever sent, including the user’s very first. Many people on Twitter have complained that their early Tweets aren’t available online any more, and this service should go some way toward addressing that issue.
Go to Twitter settings. Scroll down to "Your Twitter Archive". Download ALL your tweets. Even your first. DO IT. DO EEEEEET NOW!
— Mridul (@Psilosophy) December 16, 2012
News of the roll-out came early on Monday when Twitter user @Psilosophy noticed the option on his Settings page. His download was a mere 2MB and took only 5 minutes to appear after putting in the request, comprising of some 10,000 tweets.
If you’re impatient for your nostalgia fix and Twitter hasn’t enabled the archive feature on your account yet then don’t forget to check out 2012.Twitter.com which sums up the past year in Tweets, including the ability to analyse your own year on Twitter using Vizify.
Have you got the option on your account yet? Looking forward to checking out your very first Tweets? Let us know what you think in the comments, below.
Source: The Next Web